X-Bomber the Game
Welcome to xbomber.co.uk; home of X-Bomber.
X-Bomber is a a fast, modern vertical-scrolling spaceshooter for Windows.
It is based on the Japanese sci-fi TV series; Star Fleet and features lots of arcade action, weapons and explosions.
v0.83g - Upcoming Version2014.12.16 0 x
Enemy Weapon - Smart Missile2014.12.10 0 x
I was happy with my recent changes to the lime-green smart homing missile that bosses 5 and 13 fire.
Since the two weapons fulfil similar functions, rather than re-invent the wheel, I programmed a 'yellow mode' into the smart missile that allows it to behave in the same way as the vector laser - only it looks better and means that I can do away with the vector laser object.
By the same virtue, I did away with the ugly blue bullet that only the defence platforms fire in Level 4 by giving the smart missile a cool 'aqua-blue mode' that acts in the same way by following a random and unpredictable path.
This way is much more efficient in terms of objects and looks a lot cooler.
I'm planning a couple of other modes as well:
Lime - Smooth homing / guidance
In any case they will produce a corresponding-coloured explosion on contact with the player or a friendly, causing them about 20 units of damage.
High Score Uploads2014.12.04 0 x
I noticed today that we had a new high-score uploaded to the website, which surprised me since our hosts have been blocking the game from uploading since I switched back to them a year ago.
The current build of X-Bomber seems to upload scores to the server just fine now. This must be an unintentional result of a change at the hosts' end since I haven't spoken to them about it recently.
At least that's something I can cross off my to-do list.
New enemies2014.12.03 0 x
The site's navigation has been given a bit of a tweak to bring the Star Fleet and Other sections onto the main menu and make them more prominent.
I added some new images of the Evolution Dai-X Figure to the Star Fleet section as well.
I also found some images of a fantastic model of Dai-X; apparently Japanese (I couldn't find out much else about it), which you can see on the same page.
I'm working on some new enemies for the game. When I came across the X Bomber Encyclopaedia, I noticed that it contains drawings of a number of enemies that never made it into the TV show itself.
Media System Upgrades2014.10.19 0 x
Last month, the website's Media section underwent a range of improvements:
More recently, I adjusted it to separate images, media and downloads into separate sections.
Interview with Paul Bliss2014.10.09 0 x
... composer of Star Fleet's soundtrack on Gateway 97.8
The programme features some great samples of Star Fleet's music and seems to have been very well researched.
Impala Star Cruiser2014.10.09 0 x
In the same way as I added Brad Smith's Hive Runner ship to the game as a 'guest enemy'; spawning at random throughout the game, I added another of his designs as a guest ally.
X-Bomber v0.83f2014.09.13 0 x
News Round-Up2014.09.07 0 x
I found some impressive fan work relating to Star Fleet; in the first case, some nice models of the X-Bomber and the Alliance Cruiser and, in the second, a very accomplished painting of a familiar character from the show.
Articles like this show that the Star Fleet Wikia is going from-strength-to-strength:
Here is some more very impressive artwork of possible interest to Star Fleet fans:
A recent and very kind French review of X-Bomber the Game:
Development Updates2014.08.31 0 x
Despite the blow regarding online high scores, I've managed a fair deal of progress with X-Bomber in other areas.
For a long time now, I've noticed an intermittent glitch with Mission 8, where it would suddenly shut the game down for no apparent reason during the 4-5 minute stage of the mission.
I think I've pinpointed the line of code causing the problem. I re-created it and it seems to work a treat.
In passing, I'm updating the mission's volcano sprites, which were OK but had room for improvement.
I'm equally happy with the improvements to the game's ability to capture screenshots of itself and display them in the menu.
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